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Four people were found fatally shot in a home in Anderson County, South Carolina, on Monday, in what authorities described as "very violent deaths."
Violet Taylor, 82, Cathy Scott, 60, Barbara Scott, 80, and Michael Scott, 59, were discovered in the Pendleton home in which they lived around 12:30 p.m., according to NBC affiliate WYFF in South Carolina. The victims were all related.
"This was very violent. Very violent deaths on all four of them," Anderson County coroner Greg Shore told the station.
There was no sign of forced entry in the home, and the daughter of two of the victims reported that the back door was open, he said.
"She said that was very unusual. Usually they keep the house locked down, even when they're at home," Shore said. "I do believe that the person involved was welcomed in or came in, and that's when the homicides took place."
Three victims were found in the den, and one was in the bedroom.
"They were all on the floor, but the house was not disturbed, other than the area where the victims were laying," Shore said.
The Anderson County sheriff's department is treating the case as a quadruple homicide and is looking for a suspect or suspects.
Taylor's sister-in-law, Marjorie Morgan, told the Associated Press that the victims were all nice people.
"I don't see them hurting a fly," she said. "That's why I'm shocked."
"As far as we know, there is no danger to the public right now," Anderson County sheriff's department Lt. Sheila Cole told the station.